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Cinder by Marissa Meyer
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Apr 23, 12

Read in April, 2012

This book really lived up to all of the media blitz and the positive reviews I had run across. I must admit that I have a weakness for fairy tales retold, and this futuristic take on Cinderella quickly drew me in. The setting is New Beijing more than a century after the conclusion of World War IV. Cinder Linh is a cyborg, which means she is considered by most to be less than human. She is also an orphan with no one who seems to really care for her. She has a widowed step-mother, who seems to want to just blame Cinder for the loss of her husband. Her step-sisters (Pearl and Peony) seem to treat her just as harshly, the Peony sometimes shows Cinder that she really does care.
Cinder is also considered to be one of the most talented mechanics in the city. She seems able to fix anything from her personal android to her own cybernetic parts. In fact, her family actually survives with the extra income. Yet that does nothing to sway over her step-mother.
Things start to change for Cinder when she receives a visit from Prince Kai, the future ruler of the Eastern Empire. Some would say that this country, one of 7 remaining nations, is the most powerful and influential on the planet. The girls of the city would be most envious of Cinder … not only is he powerful, but Kai is considered quite attractive. He comes to her because his android has been deactivated, and no one else seems able to get it operational for him. Doing so is crucial as he believes the android has some important information.
The Eastern Empire, and in fact all of Earth, are on the edge of a precipice. A major plague is striking many across the planet. None seem to know how to stop it. Cinder finds herself drawn into the center of these horrors when Peony contracts the mysterious disease.
Just as mysterious are the Lunars, the inhabitants of the Moon who would be happy to take over all of Earth as well as their mysterious “planet.” They have a magic that allows them to use their bio-electric energy to control those around them like telepathy. The evil Queen has been hoping to bring about an alliance through marriage with Kai’s father, who is also fighting off the plague. After his death, everything for Kai and Cinder start to come to head and any reader realizes that it will all happen at the annual Lunar Ball. Everyone is going to be there, but what will it mean for all of them?
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